Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Paving the way for an expansion of the medical assistants' role: A multimedia presentation regarding polycystic ovary syndrome
by Ashe, Lisa J., M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 71; 1490269
Abstract (Summary)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent disorder affecting women of reproductive age. This includes Hispanic women due to high rates of obesity and insulin dysfunction. This condition is associated with serious health problems and effective treatment is necessary. Women newly diagnosed with PCOS, however, often report dissatisfaction with their care citing difficulties obtaining a diagnosis and proper education. Medical assistants (MAs) can serve a vital role in this process, improving screening rates, referral and patient education. A curriculum to educate MAs about PCOS was lacking. After the development of a multimedia presentation regarding PCOS, a one-group pretest-posttest pilot study including eight participants was conducted, assessing the efficacy of the presentation. Analysis of the pretest and posttest scores revealed the presentation to be an effective tool to improve MAs knowledge regarding PCOS. Further research utilizing a comparison group and larger sample is needed to substantiate widespread use of the presentation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Deitch, Kathy
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Publication Number: 1490269
ISBN: 978-1-124-54616-2
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